This is one of the best Olive Garden copycat recipes out there – Olive Garden giant sausage stuffed rigatoni recipe. It’s an easy copycat restaurant recipe that is perfect baked recipe for dinner.
Olive Garden is one of our favorite restaurants – whenever Jack gets to pick, it’s his number one choice.
I’ve come to really enjoy making copycat versions of their recipes, especially when it’s a limited time only item (such as their chicken alfredo spaghetti pie. They need to bring that back!).
A few months ago, I went to lunch with my mom and some friends, and I decided to get the stuffed sausage rigatoni. It was SO good.
Then, Forrest went there for dinner with my dad and brother after a church meeting, and they all got that same item.
And, they all loved it!
So I’ve been really wanting to make a copycat version for awhile now, and I finally got around to it.
I have to be up front though – I actually did not use rigatoni. Apparently, there is no such thing as giant rigatoni at the store, and I didn’t really have the tools to make it. So I used manicotti, because it was similar in size.
But, I still think this recipe tasted just about the same as the kind I had at Olive Garden! However, I felt I should at least mention that 🙂
I will say, it’s hard to make a copycat from Olive Garden! The descriptions of their meals don’t share much about the ingredients, and I can’t find very much information anywhere. I based this recipe off of my own experience, looking at the dish online, and looking at the allergen page. Haha!
It is really delicious – saucy, flavorful, and cheesy! It reminds me a little bit of my mom’s meat lasagna, but it definitely had some new dimensions to it that made it its own.
TIPS for SUCCESS
I made the official Olive Garden meat sauce recipe for this, however, I decided not to use ground beef. I also used grape juice instead of red wine, and I think it tasted exactly like what you would get at Olive Garden.
In that sauce, you are supposed to use chopped up onion, carrot, and celery. I hate chopping vegetables, so I was pretty excited to see that Forrest had bought a package of frozen and pre-chopped carrots, onions and celery at the store. Try and find this if you don’t like chopping, like me!
Don’t pre-cook the pasta. It’s MUCH easier to fill it when it’s not cooked. All you have to do is make sure there is enough sauce on top of the pasta while it cooks, and it should get cooked all the way through.
As I already said, I used manicotti. You can use any large, tube-shaped pasta (obviously, if you can find rigatoni that is large enough, go for that. But I don’t think there was much of a difference using the Manicotti.
You may know by now that I love doing copycat recipes – make sure you check out all my best ones that have been featured on AllFreeCopyCatRecipes!
- Olive Garden Bolognese (I did not use any meat, and I used grape juice instead of red wine).
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1.5 lb Italian sausage
- ¾ cup bread crumbs
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1.5 boxes Manicotti or other LARGE tube-shaped pasta *uncooked*
- 1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Start making the bolognese sauce about an hour before you want to put the pasta in the oven.
- Cook and crumble sausage into small pieces. Drain. Add bread crumbs.
- Whisk together eggs and milk. Remove sausage from heat and mix with mixture and parmesan cheese.
- Put a thin layer of the bolognese on the bottom of a large glass baking dish.
- Stuff each piece of tube pasta with the sausage mixture and place in baking dish.
- Cover with bolognese and then cover with mozzarella cheese. Make sure the manicotti is completely covered in sauce (add additional water if needed).
- Cover with tin foil.
- Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, remove tin
foil,and bake for 10-15 minutes more.